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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ST. NICHOLAS RESTAURANT, c. 1873

Horsefeathers: 1923

Horsefeathers: 1923

September 3, 1923. "Police and Firemen's ballgame." At Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., Barney and Spark Plug from the popular comic strip "Barney Google." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Good Afternoon for Crime

Washington Post Sep 3, 1923

Police and Fireman in Big Clash Today

If you are intent upon committing a crime, this afternoon would be a fine time for it as most of the District cops and firefighters will be at the American League park, either participating in the game between the teams representing services, or rooting for their nine to win.

This will is one of the few occasions where fans will get a real run for their money at a benefit game. The cash taken in a today's clash will go to the relief funds of the two organizations, which is one reason why fans should attend, while the other is that a cracking good game should result.

Both teams have been playing all season and the rivalry between them is intense. For five years, the Police team has come out on top, due largely to the good pitching of Finney Kelly. He will pitch again today, but the Hook and Ladder boys claim that in Carroll Hull they have his equal and that they are just simply bound to break into the winning column this time. Close to 20,000 fans are expected to be on hand to see whether they are right or not.

Cue Snuffy Smith

11 years later Barney and the horse go to North Carolina mountains and meet moonshiner Snuffy Smith.

And thanks to this post and title, I now know who introduced the phrase "Horsefeathers."

 
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